Murphy launches LGBT+ Pride Network

Murphy's Pride Network for LGBT+ employees has been launched this week as the company's very first employee support network. 

In a new initiative, the introduction of the networks will aim to develop an even more inclusive culture at Murphy. Each group will be started and run by volunteers across the company and provide support on topics, issues, best practices or challenges that face colleagues. 

Murphy Pride has been set up to develop a diversity network that raises the profile of LGBT+ issues at Murphy, and provides support to those who want to get involved. 

Amy Foster, Emerging Talent Manager from the People team, said: "Since joining Murphy, I've seen everyone really wants to play their part - so I wanted to do my bit too. Setting up Murphy Pride is a great way to build on the respect values we already hold here, as well as making sure we can be an employer that the best talent from all parts of society want to join." 

The launch of Murphy’s new Pride Network comes just days after the announcement that no construction companies made it into Stonewall’s top 100 LGBT-inclusive employers index for the 10th year running. 

Naheem Ahmed, EDI lead in the LM JV said: "We are keen to create a network that helps bring together the LGBT community within Murphy by creating a fun and safe space to meet and support each other. We will be organising social events, opportunities to network and talks and presentations from key LGBT groups and we hope both the LGBT community and its allies in Murphy come together and join in". 

CEO John Murphy – who is lending his support to the network as a lead sponsor - said: "The construction sector faces challenges, one of the biggest of which is attracting diverse talent from across our society. By developing networks that provide support to our colleagues and drive interest and discussion across a range of topics, it clearly shows real effort to attract the best. I'm pleased to see these develop and help Murphy become place where everyone feels welcomed, respected and included. I think anyone who has an idea to start a network can follow Amy's lead and get going!"